Yolo Land Trust (YLT) conserves farmland and ranchland by providing landowners with a viable financial alternative to selling their land for development. The most common method is through conservation easements (CE), by which landowners maintain ownership, but agree to never develop their land. Conservation easements help keep farmers farming, and ranchers ranching. Yolo Land Trust has permanently protected 11,000 acres of farmland through over 60 conservation easements, and the fee ownership of an easement-restricted farm.
Yolo Land Trust also supports habitat protection for plants and animals that depend upon farmland and the adjacent sloughs, creeks and rivers for survival.
Yolo Land Trust works to help landowners interested in preserving their property’s resources through its most common tool: a conservation easement (CE). Conservation easements are voluntary agreements between a landowner and a nonprofit organization such as YLT in which the landowner agrees to restrict the use of the land to farming, ranching or habitat protection. The landowner continues to own, manage and operate the land, and pay property taxes, but the land must remain as a working farm. The agreement with YLT is recorded in the public records and the land use restrictions remain in effect in perpetuity. Yolo Land Trust acts as a steward, visiting the land once a year to ensure that the resource values remain the same over time. CEs can provide landowners with significant tax benefits, as well as peace of mind that their property will be preserved as they wish.
Other conservation tools include donations for tax benefits and the purchase of significant resource lands. For more information, go to Our Lands. Our Future.
Ensure Strong Public Policies
Yolo Land Trust encourages public policies that support and enhance long-term agriculture, and promotes public awareness of the importance of agriculture and the need to preserve it.
Provide Technical Support
Relying on its long history and the expertise of its board and staff, YLT provides technical support to local and state government agencies… It maintains a neutral position regarding land-use changes by simply providing information, background, and insight regarding the effectiveness and potential outcomes of proposed policies and projects.
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